Wonderful article in The Indianapolis Star on one of our fellow IRV residents, Karissa Hulse of Indyhub. Thanks Karissa for the bevy of IRV mentions: homespun: modern handmadeBlack Sheep Gifts, La Escollera, Papa Roux and Irvington Development Organization‘s streetscape project! http://indy.st/Mw0M3l (photo courtesy of IndyStar)

From the IndyStar:

Karissa Hulse is the director of marketing for IndyHub, a nonprofit organization that connects young professionals in Indianapolis. She is also involved with Lacy Leadership Association, Indiana Sports Corporation and the Indianapolis Zoo. She is married to Brett Hulse, and the couple live in Irvington with their infant son.

Favorite weekend ritual: When we have an unplanned weekend, you’ll likely find us having breakfast or lunch somewhere on Mass Ave. and then walking around Downtown. It’s a different place on a Saturday morning than during the midweek rush. We love it both ways.

Annual event we never miss: The 500 Festival Parade, Zoobilation, July 4 on American Legion Mall, Oranje. I’m forgetting something, many somethings actually, I’m sure.

Favorite local place to browse or shop: Homespun or Black Sheep in Irvington, Silver in the City and Nurture on Mass Ave.

Favorite place off the beaten path: There’s a little Mexican restaurant near our home in Irvington, La Escollera. The food is incredible.

Your “last” meal: A catfish po’boy with red beans and rice and applesauce from Papa Roux sounds pretty darn great.

Best place to take visitors: On a Saturday for lunch with company, we go to City Market for lunch. Then maybe grab coffee or ice cream at South Bend Chocolate Company on the Circle and head over to the Canal. I recently had a chance to take some non-locals on a mini city tour. We checked out Fountain Square, Holliday Park, Developer Town and The Speak Easy, Indianapolis Museum of Art and Taste Cafe for lunch. It was a fun day playing tour guide.

Favorite watering hole: Ball & Biscuit.

Hidden gem in my neighborhood: The Irvington Streetscape project is happening right now along Irvington’s Washington Street corridor. I can’t wait to see the end result.

Favorite place to go for inspiration: The upper floors of the Central Library — quiet with a pretty spectacular vantage point of the city.

Favorite place to take the kids: I’m looking forward to taking Charlie to the orchards around Indy for apples and pumpkins this fall, and when he’s older visiting the library and plunking down with a pile of books.

Best bargain in town: Sitting on the lawn at an Indians game.

Next on your Indianapolis bucket list: A show at Radio Radio and star watching at Butler’s Holcomb Observatory.